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    HONG KONG (AP) — Australian officials confirmed Sunday that two overseas travelers arriving in Sydney are the first to test positive in the country for the omicron variant of the coronavirus, as nations around the world tightened controls against the worrying new strain. The two passengers were among a group of 14 others who arrived in Australia from southern Africa...
    SWITZERLAND has banned all Brits from entering the country in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus. Sajid Javid yesterday confirmed two cases of the Omicron Covid variant have been reported in the UK. 2Visitors walk at a Christmas market, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, on the Sechselaeutenplatz square in Zurich, SwitzerlandCredit: Reuters...
    ISRAEL has slammed shut its border for ALL travellers in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus which is popping up in countries across the world. So far cases of the deadly Omicron Covid variant have appeared in Britain, Australia, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Israel. 2Israel are not letting any...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Australian officials were racing Sunday to conduct further tests on passengers arriving from southern Africa who tested positive for COVID-19 to determine if they were carrying the omicron variant as nations around the world tightened controls against the worrying new strain. Neighboring New Zealand announced it was restricting travel from nine southern African countries because of...
    Joe Biden is seen shopping in Nantucket on Saturday without a mask. President Joe Biden was caught disobeying an indoor mask mandate this weekend just hours after being fully briefed on the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and banning travel from eight African countries.  The president, who has been staying on the island of Nantucket with family this Thanksgiving...
    Conservative Roman Catholic Cardinal Robert Sarah has called on Europeans to help Africa develop in order to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, claiming Europe is on a path to “self-destruction.” Cardinal Sarah spoke to French media in the wake of the deaths of 27 migrants in the English Channel earlier this week, saying: “My reaction is a revolt. There...
    "At this point, implementing travel measures is being cautioned against," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said during a United Nations briefing in Geneva. "The WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and scientific approach when implementing travel measures." Dr. Michael Ryan — the head of emergencies at the WHO — warned against "knee-jerk responses." "We've seen in the past,...
    (CNN)Dutch health authorities are investigating whether 61 people traveling from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday were infected with the new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant known as Omicron.The World Health Organization (WHO) said late on Friday that early evidence suggest the Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, could pose an increased risk of reinfection...
    A STATE of emergency has been declared in New York amid increasing concerns regarding the Omicron Covid variant. It comes as President Joe Biden banned travel from eight African countries in a bid to keep the super-strain out of the US. 2New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency in New YorkCredit: Rex 2It is feared...
    Joe Biden on Friday announced a ban on travel from eight southern African countries in response to a new COVID variant - hours after his chief scientific advisor suggested the move was unlikely, and despite Biden himself declaring last year that 'banning travel will not stop it'. The president, in Nantucket for a Thanksgiving break with his family, said travel...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The race to stop the spread of another COVID-19 variant. “We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is of great concern it seems to spread rapidly,” said President Biden. READ MORE: Shoppers Across Maryland Return To Stores For Black Friday As Retailers Face Supply, Staffing ChallengesThe new variant Omicron was first reported in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – After millions of families gathered for the holidays, a new COVID-19 variant on another continent is having effects here. The variant is also causing changes in international travel. Starting Monday, the U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries. Officials say it’s a decision made out of an abundance of caution, but the...
    US crude oil prices fell by about 10 per cent per on Friday as global concerns grow over the Nu COVID variant and Joe Biden imposed new travel bans. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the US oil benchmark, dropped $68.85 per barrel on Friday after soaring to near historic heights in recent weeks.  It had begun the day at around $77...
    Starting on Monday, the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries amid the new Omicron strain of the coronavirus, announced the White House on Friday. The United States will restrict travel to anyone who isn’t a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. Those...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Golf, cricket and rugby became the first major sports to be affected by the new COVID-19 variant on Friday, prompting fears of renewed travel restrictions and disrupted events just as they were returning to normal nearly two years into the pandemic. European golfers withdrew midway through the season-opening DP World Tour tournament in Johannesburg...
    The U.S. will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countires on Monday after the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) labeled a new coronavirus strain a “variant of concern.” The U.S. will also restrict travel from the following African nations: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. NEW Starting Monday, the Biden administration will restrict travel from...
    LOS ANGELES (CNN) – President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. READ MORE: Black...
    President Joe Biden will limit air travel from eight African nations beginning Monday, in an effort to keep the mutant Omicron variant of COVID-19 from entering the United States, senior administration officials revealed. Following advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini,...
    President Joe Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting on Monday, following the detection on a highly transmissible new variant of COVID discovered there. Those countries are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi, the White House said on Friday. ‘The policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution,’ a senior administration official...
    By RAF CASERT BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, warned against any overreaction before the variant that originated in...
    Concerns are growing over a new variant of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa. The World Health Organization announced Thursday that it is monitoring a new variant of the coronavirus and has scheduled a closed-door emergency meeting on Friday to discuss how it could affect vaccines and treatments. The variant, labeled B.1.1.529, has been detected in small numbers in...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday it is planning to stop air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new COVID-19 variant as the 27-nation bloc is battling a massive spike in cases. “The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” said German Health Minister...
    Thousands of people are landing in the United States from South Africa every week, despite a new COVID-19 variant sparking such concern that Britain and Israel on Thursday effectively halted travel from the region. The variant is predominately found in Botswana - from where there are no direct flights to the U.S. - and also in neighboring South Africa. United...
    Britain's Health Secretary Sajid Javid speaks during a press conference at Downing Street on October 20, 2021 in London, England.Toby Melville | WPA Pool | Getty Images News The United Kingdom is temporarily suspending flights from six countries as a new Covid variant with more than 30 mutations spreads in South Africa. Sajid Javid, the U.K.'s secretary of state for...
    Virginia pastor arrested in prostitution sting Man allegedly killed his daughters boyfriend who he said sold her into sex trafficking ring By Emma Farge © Reuters/POOL COP26 in Glasgow (Reuters) - African leaders demanded at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday that wealthy countries responsible for the bulk of carbon emissions make good on an earlier...
    Biden campaigned against Trumps Mexico border policy. Now hes relaunching it Whats in Bidens latest budget offer: Climate programs and universal preschool, but no paid leave African countries will use next week's COP summit to demand rich nations honour and then deepen their pledges to fund the fight against climate change, a top negotiator said Thursday.  © Jekesai NJIKIZANA...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African health officials and the United Nations are warning of a looming shortage of up to 2 billion syringes for mainly low- and middle-income countries around the world as the supply of COVID-19 doses rises, and routine vaccinations could be affected, too. The U.N. children’s agency said the shortfall would affect up to 2.2 billion auto-disposable...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world’s poorest people. The energy in the gleaming labs matches the urgency of...
    Latino Catholics have one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the United States Haiti kidnap: Gang wants $17 million ransom for American and Canadian missionaries, say reports African countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a $100bn annual target to help the developing world tackle climate change, Africa’s...
    MATT Hancock has seen a job offer from the UN withdrawn - after announcing on social media that he'd accepted the role. The former Health Secretary announced this week that he'd be taking up a post advising African countries on how to bounce back from Covid. 1The UN has withdrawn a job offer for Matt Hancock - days after the...
    (CNN)The US will donate more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to the African Union, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday.Biden made the announcement when he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The 17 million doses will be delivered to the African Union in...
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — African health officials are optimistic that the world’s first malaria vaccine endorsed by the World Health Organization will “dramatically change” the way the continent of 1.3 billion people fights the disease. The new malaria vaccine is “a game-changer” in combating the disease which accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in Africa, John Nkengasong,...
    Multiple injuries reported in shooting at Texas high school Nebraska Dad Charged with Murdering His 2 Young Children After Autopsies Show They Were Smothered By Emma Rumney © Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko FILE PHOTO: Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility ESKOM near Sasolburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - African nations believe...
    Then-Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was assassinated in July 2021, and Grenada's Prime Minister Keith Mitchell listen to a Haitian music group during the opening ceremony of the 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Feb. 26, 2018. Caribbean Matters is a new series, launched as part of an effort to increase coverage...
    More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. At the U.N. General Assembly, African and Caribbean countries that stand to benefit from reparations were...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Travelers and authorities from India and some African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain’s new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory. The British government announced what it billed as a simplification of the rules last week, including allowing fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England from much of the world to skip quarantine and...
    The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) is once again calling for wealthy countries to postpone the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Instead, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Tuesday that richer nations should distribute extra doses to low-income countries facing vaccine shortages, especially those i Africa. It is the third time Tedros has spoken against...
    (CNN)In just over a year, West Africa has experienced three successful coups (two in Mali and one this week in Guinea), one unsuccessful coup attempt in Niger, and an arbitrary military transfer of power in Chad following the assassination of its president. These power grabs threaten a reversal of the democratization process Africa has undergone in the past two decades...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s already thin supply of COVID-19 vaccines has taken another significant hit, with the World Health Organization’s Africa director saying Thursday that for various reasons, including the rollout of booster shots, “we will get 25% less doses than we were anticipating by the end of the year.” Matshidiso Moeti’s comments to reporters came as the Africa...
    Four African countries with low vaccination rates will soon receive 1.2 million donated COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States. Vaccines were shipped to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Guinea and Seychelles on Friday, a White House official confirmed to Reuters. The doses are being donated through COVAX, a program run by the World Health Organization to help...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Vaccine doses produced by a plant in South Africa will no longer be exported to Europe following the intervention of South Africa’s government, the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccine envoy said Thursday. South African drug manufacturer Aspen Pharmacare, which has a contract with Johnson & Johnson to assemble the ingredients of its COVID-19 vaccine, will produce for...
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — COVID-19 vaccinations in Africa tripled over the past week, though protecting even 10% of the continent by the end of September remains “a very daunting task,” the Africa director of the World Health Organization said Thursday. Meanwhile, the continent saw 248,000 new confirmed cases over the past week, with at least 28 countries seeing a surge...
    A health worker vaccinates a man in Abidjan on August 17, 2021 during a roll-out of vaccinations against Ebola on August 17, 2021, after the country recorded its first known case of the disease since 1994. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP) (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)ISSOUF SANOGO | AFP | Getty Images African countries have been "shortchanged"...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health activists in Africa have slammed Johnson & Johnson for exporting vaccines produced in South Africa to countries in Europe, which have already immunized large numbers of their people and have even donated vaccines to more needy countries. The one-dose J&J vaccines were exported from South Africa, where they had been assembled, despite the pressing need...
    Nasser Borita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Expatriate Moroccans, said that the opening of diplomatic representations of several African countries in the southern provinces was the result of King Mohammed VI’s enlightened vision. Speaking, Nasser Borita said that this “well-educated” African strategy was based on the desire to open the kingdom to all parts of the continent...
    NAIROBI - The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the continent's death toll from COVID-19 has jumped 17 percent in the past month. In a media briefing Thursday, the Africa CDC said the infection rate has also increased and warned some countries are testing less often for the virus than needed. In his weekly online press...
    Former U.S. president Barack Obama has purchased a minority share of NBA Africa, the National Basketball Association announced Tuesday. NBA Africa was established this year to oversee the league’s business activities on the continent. The NBA said in a statement that Obama is a strategic partner and would use any profits from the new entity to “fund Obama Foundation youth...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a major breakthrough for one of the world’s last countries to embrace COVID-19 vaccines, Tanzania’s president kicked off the nation’s vaccination campaign Wednesday by publicly receiving a dose and urging others to do the same. The East African country’s government under former President John Magufuli had long worried African health officials by denying the pandemic....